The first week in April provided nothing to raise excitement levels on the Helmsdale. Fishing remained very dour and there is still an alarming shortage of fish around. Only 4 fish were reported last week and rumor of one on Saturday afternoon to be confirmed. 5 year average totals up to the end of the first week in April are generally around the 60 mark, this year we have approx 24! a seriously poor effort. The only good news is that all rivers are experiencing a similar pattern, one can only hope that the unseasonal temperatures are keeping the main run in the sea and the big charge is yet to come.
I'll brighten up the report with a few pics of some of our latest flies in stock, below is one of our new Gold Bodied Feeler Willie Read more
The latest movie from the river Helmsdale from Salmo Fishings with Greig Thompson and Andy Richardson featuring Ron Sutherland and Alex Fraser click here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4iRdDzDHFU the total is up to 18 as of today with 2 fish this week, report to follow at the weekend.
The weather was the winner this week as the Helmsdale was buffeted by constant bone chilling Easterly gales. Conditions and temperatures were very much against anglers but for those who persisted, the rewards were still there.
Andy (Torrish) Sutherland...Read more
The Helmsdale finally burst into life last week for Torrish rods at least. After very poor conditions and 2 blank weeks on the river Duncan Mackay got things rolling with a 7lbs fish from lower Torrish beat 3 on Thursday. Duncan quickly followed this up on Friday with his second and the biggest from the river so far this season measuring in at 38" for 21lbs from Kilphedir pool beat 2 . The 2 fish were caught on Willie Gunn Special and Black & Yellow Tiger tail copper tubes (from our shop of course!) You can clearly see the WG Special below still in the mouth of the cracking...Read more
A welcome rise in water levels took the Helmsdale up over 1ft 3 on Friday and this was topped up on Saturday but due to bonechilling Easterly winds the river still remained blank for the week. The week ahead is set for a very cold spell initially with winds blowing in from the North backing North West by the end of the week. I would ecpect a fish or two to show up this week to get the river off and running again.
Don't forget to check out our new range of Fulling Mill RS salmon flies at the link below, some superb new patterns are starting to arrive in stock.
We also have the superb New Mackenzie G2 Read more